CFP 2015 IACCM Conference: Contemporary Approaches In Training & Education For Cross-Cultural Competence

The 14th Annual Conference of the International Association of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management (IACCM) will take place at Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Wien), 1-3 October 2015. This conference brings together scientists and practitioners alike in order to foster the dialogue between practice and theory in the cross-cultural field to discuss about contemporary Approaches In Training & Education For Cross-Cultural Competence – Potentials, Challenges and its Limits: theoretical foundations: old constructs, new frontiers?; Application of Cross-Cultural Theories in Teaching, Educational Context and Business Training; Power relations and their implications; Cultural intelligence.

As political, legal and economic barriers are disappearing, questions whether this will cause cultures to converge, harmonize, or to resist and accentuate their differences are emerging. Still, business practitioners and scientists ascribe international business failures to a lack of intercultural competence. Cultural barriers are even described as the principal challenge to organizational survival and success. Research has shown that particularly prior to intercultural experiences an adequate preparation has to take place in order to stimulate intercultural competence development. Although literature shows us a rich conceptual and theoretical landscape on intercultural competence; there is still a gap between 'knowing' and 'doing'. Questions regarding the theoretical foundations of Training & Education as well as Application of those Cross-Cultural Theories in Teaching, Educational Context and Business Training remain mostly unexplored. In particular power relations and their implications seem to play a crucial role e.g. in international business ventures.

Speakers (among others):
Univ.Prof.DI.Dr. Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger, Institute for Gender and Diversity in Organizations, WU
Univ. Prof. Dr. Jonas Puck, Department of Global Business and Trade, Vienna University
Univ. Prof. Dr. Günter Stahl, Institute for International Business, Vienna University

The conference committee will not necessarily exclude papers that deal with the more standard matter of cross-cultural management, but preference will be given to contributions which address the themes below:

Theoretical foundations of Training & Education for cross-cultural competence: old constructs, new frontiers?

  • Challenges in cross-cultural research: what is the influence of the researchers‘ cultural self/perspective?
  • In what way are cross-cultural competence models culturally embedded?
  • Frameworks of Cross-Cultural Analysis & Semiotics

Cultural intelligence

  • What is the role of cultural interfaces?
  • Managerial intelligences: how important are cultural intelligence and emotional intelligence?
  • What cultural differences are there in learning styles (e.g. of international business students)?

Application of Cross-Cultural Theories in Teaching, Educational Context and Business Training

  • Assessing cross-cultural competence: what are predictors? How can it be measured?
  • New methods and didactics of cross-cultural competence?
  • What are new approaches and best practices to foster cross-cultural understanding in organisations?
  • Is there an international business students' cross-cultural competence development?

Power relations and their implications

  • Power relations as a camouflage of cultural differences?
  • Application of cross-cultural theories in specific training settings
  • Analysis of intercultural encounters as differences in attributional styles?

All submissions have to use the IACCM structured abstract format. Template available at

Deadline of Paper abstracts (maximum 500 words) before June 8, 2015
Full papers for accepted abstracts (8.000 words max) before July 31, 2015
All proposal submissions will receive acknowledgment of receipt within one week. Notification of acceptance will be given within a month period.

Formats for CEMS/IACCM doctoral workshops:

  • Poster session: Each invited student will present a poster of his/her research proposal or current state of the dissertation at an open and easily accessible poster session. Max. Size of poster: DIN A2.
  • All Doctoral Workshops take place after the poster session. The goal is that students get as much advice as possible. Thus dissertation project-presentation should be shorter and discussion longer. Depending on actual time schedule, 2 - 3 student papers will be presented within one doctoral workshop session.
  • Chair: an appointed student
  • Presentation: 10 min brief paper presentation, 20 minutes discussion

Format for Practitioners:

  • Standard presentation (20 minutes): The presenter(s) will give input (20 minutes) and then lead participants in discussing (10 minutes) the proposed topic.
  • Workshops (60 minutes): A workshop features a combination of brief presentation/lecture and interaction with the audience.
  • Within this format the focus is on a simulation or set of exercises and activities aimed at teaching participants how these  methodologies can be used in training and education or other professional applications.
  • Case Studies (60 minutes): Case studies are real-world examples of new or improved best practices in the cross cultural or international management field. They demonstrate how we, as a professional community, can learn from practitioners' experience.

The official IACCM Congress language is English. Submissions of proposals must be in English but presentations may be made in German too.

There will be the IACCM 2015 conference paper award and student best paper award, who will be judged by a panel consisting of CEMS professors.

Barbara Covarrubias Venegas
Gerhard Fink
Wolfgang Mayrhofer
Marie Therese Claes

Setting up an international network of experts in the field of cross cultural competence opens the possibility for coordinated knowhow transfer and aims at bringing together those who work on this issue in order to promote and develop this subject collectively. The emphasis is laid on the organization of international workshops and conferences which will certainly be favourable for personal connections among the experts and might lead to new links between them as well as to the creation of common research projects. Furthermore it is an aim to facilitate the submission of project proposals, on the one side because the network facilitates finding suitable project partners, on the other because the existence of a consolidated network will in a sense bean encouraging argument with respect to research funds.

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Management Topic: Education & Development
Cultural Area: Public+Academic Sector
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Apr 01, 2015